Autumn Falling…

I don’t know about the weather where you are, but here in London, it’s taken a decidedly autumnal turn early. Waaaaay early. So early I wasn’t ready. And I’m ALWAYS ready. Maybe this was the trigger to feeling totally off-kilter this last week.

I spent the week at work plugged into my headphones and working away, working through the blahs (or just ignoring them). It was enough to concern a few colleagues. I’ve earned the reputation of being somewhat of a cheerful soul (say what?) and they sensed I was not myself. Friday, I had the office all to myself and when you’re in a small open-plan office, this is a real luxury. So I revelled in my aloneness and decided I was not going to push it over the weekend. I was going to just relax, and read, and remember all the reasons why I love autumn so much.

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Jumpers. The colour orange. New boots. Mulled drinks. Stews. The smell of wood fires. Toffee apples. Pumpkin anything. Onion soup. Braised red cabbage & apple. Knitting projects. Crunchy leaves.

(My favourite memory of crunchy leaves is the boxful I was sent from a friend at Smith College in Massachusetts. It was my first autumn in New Orleans and let me tell ya, autumn really isn’t a season there. There are lots of things I love about NOLA but autumn isn’t one of them, so that boxful of leaves was the best care package this freshman could have received.)

I spent the weekend reading recipes, spiking my coffee with nutmeg, and mulling over what I should knit next. I’ve got a full-blown case of the warm and fuzzies now. The niggling grayness is hovering at the edges of my vision, but for now, I’m going to smother it in pumpkin spice.

How do you welcome autumn? What are your family traditions?

15 thoughts on “Autumn Falling…

  1. joey says:

    Fall is the best.
    But it’s not here yet. It’s playing peek-a-boo with us right now. It will be hot again later this week.
    But oh yes, Fall means trips to the country, baking pies, raking leaves, carving pumpkins, festivals, the constant hot tea…*sigh* but the best part is definitely oversized sweaters, fuzzy socks, and quilts 🙂

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  2. NotAPunkRocker says:

    I wore long sleeved pajamas last night. Sure, my window was wide open but I was still thrilled to do even that 🙂 I love Autumn and sweater weather! 🙂

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  3. Anxious Mom says:

    Fall isn’t here yet, but we finally got a sign that it’s on the way with a mid-70s day yesterday and crisp morning today. It’ll probably jump up to the mid 80s again, but the summer is on its way out at least!

    Our tradition used to be (and may be resumed this year) is going to football games and the state fair. Caramel apples, mmm.

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  4. Julie M says:

    I miss autumn in New England! Everything you described plus apple picking and halloween. It’s definitely a little closer here in the NL compared to when we lived in BCN where there was definitely no fall, but it’s still not the same.

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    • Petal and Mortar says:

      Isn’t it a strange feeling to try and recreate autumn traditions without the right settings? I remember the first time I told my neighbours in England I wanted to set up trick or treating, they looked at me like I was NUTS.

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      • Julie M says:

        We didn’t have that in spain either but last year there was an American in our Dutch neighborhood that pulled it off and it was a huge success! My kids were thrilled to have a real Halloween again!

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  5. snowsomewhere says:

    Over here in Helsinki, Finland, it’s been autumn all summer… summer never came this year 😦 I’ve been hearing the weather in England was pretty cold as well. Normally I like autumn but this year it just feels out of place. Well, at least it’s a good season for taking nature photos… all those colors and pretty raindrops will get me in autumn mood, I’m sure! I wish I could knit – what are you knitting? Your posts are so nice to read, they’re so thoughtfully composed. I should put aside more time for blog reading!

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